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BLT Macaroni Salad Recipe

BLT Macaroni Salad Recipe

A friend served this salad, and I just had to get the recipe. My husband loves BLT sandwiches, so this has become a favorite of his. It's nice to serve on hot and humid days, which we frequently get during summer here in Virginia. —Mrs. Hamilton Myers Jr., Charlottesville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 4 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Add the macaroni, tomatoes and onions; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, add lettuce and bacon; toss to coat. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • If you like your pasta salads extra saucy, double the sauce ingredients.
  • Calling all bacon fanatics! Use thick-cut bacon or add two extra strips to pump up the volume.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 each: 259 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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    [email protected] User ID: 2586824 267902
    Reviewed Jun. 12, 2017

    "tasted good, but was dry"

    Leslie User ID: 9129665 265146
    Reviewed Apr. 25, 2017

    "I agree that it was a bit bland. I think the dressing needs more flavor and the salad needed more bacon. I thought it was also a bit dry.

    I made no changes to the recipe, prepared it exactly as it was written."

    tannerangel User ID: 5961163 249115
    Reviewed Jun. 5, 2016

    "we just love this so much!!"

    [email protected] User ID: 6200671 247624
    Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

    "This is now the family favorite! Best pasta salad we have ever tasted! easy and quick also."

    muffbear74 User ID: 209131 232165
    Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

    "Just OK for my husband and me."

    Kknits User ID: 8453568 229743
    Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

    "Delicious! We doubled the recipe, and used finely chopped vidalia onion instead of the green onion, and added a bit more bacon that I oven-baked till crispy."

    angieact1 User ID: 1990802 229477
    Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

    "We enjoyed this, used olive oil mayo and added salad Supreme seasoning. salt and pepper"

    Recipebootz User ID: 8423438 228914
    Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

    "I found this recipe a while ago, it is really good. I used Olive oil Mayo & low carb high fibre noodles because I am diabetic."

    mkaskela User ID: 6061564 226982
    Reviewed May. 26, 2015


    Mattiearp User ID: 8387489 226887
    Reviewed May. 24, 2015

    "I made as written and it was pretty bland. It needs something to add some flavor."

    pastiepie User ID: 1062574 226036
    Reviewed May. 7, 2015

    "I doubled the sauce and it was delicious :)"

    bcrigger1 User ID: 8364576 226002
    Reviewed May. 7, 2015

    "I made a big batch (full box of pasta) and added creamy cole slaw from the deli in place of the lettuce. I also used a store brand chili sauce because I prefer the sweetness over heat!! So good, we loved it and I will be serving this a lot from now on"

    pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 220661
    Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

    "With a little bit more dressing this would be a 5 star recipe. We really loved the flavor of this salad."

    Disir User ID: 7807400 40562
    Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

    "This was easy to put together---and I liked that aspect of it. The only thing that I didn't like is that it was bit dry. I think that if I make it again, I am going to double the sauce and use half to put it together and then use enough of the other half to get it to where I like it before I serve it."

    LarryJo User ID: 336460 27583
    Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

    "Made as written (mostly... I really didn't measure the sauce ingredients) and used 6 slices of bacon, and slightly more cooked pasta. Oh my! Is this ever delish!! Definitely one of our new favorites and will be making this a lot!!"

    esoday User ID: 7904219 73397
    Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

    "I omitted the sugar, and the chili sauce. I also used about a half cup of regular mayo, and about another half cup (didn't really measure anything!) of spicy mayo (we like ours with some zest) but you have to add more in volume because some of it gets soaked up by the macaroni. I just put in a squeeze or two of the lemon juice. Fresh scallions from the garden, cherry tomatoes halved, some well as swiss chard. After 3 days in the fridge, the chard has not wilted! Enjoy!"

    bonnienapa User ID: 7701723 76981
    Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

    "I made this for dinner but used cocktail sauce. Big hit! 5 stars"

    KdP919 User ID: 7574078 30045
    Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

    "Excellent dish:)"

    mrslenamae User ID: 7897600 92180
    Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014 Edited Jul. 21, 2014

    "Absolutely delish! Like others, added more mayo, some sour cream, fresh dill, celery seed, a little fresh onion, cracked pepper. A great summertime meal. Oh, and used coleslaw instead of lettuce."

    AdeleDegnan User ID: 4801874 32087
    Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

    "It looked very pretty, but tasted bland."

    MS LISA User ID: 5279129 76980
    Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

    "Very good recipe. I doubled the dressing also, per other reviewers suggestion. Thank you for a great recipe...."

    Janadele User ID: 7087902 38750
    Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

    "Fixed this over the weekend and it was a nice salad for a hor day and one can also use tomotoes from your garden."

    colette4 User ID: 6283438 75059
    Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

    "I made this salad using the sriracha sauce. I used two tablespoons as my family likes spicy. I also substituted fresh Swiss chard out of my garden for the lettuce. It made the salad look beautiful and it didn't wilt at all. I ate it the second day and it was still perfect. This is the perfect pasta salad for BLT lovers."

    Spooky123 User ID: 6521366 38733
    Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

    "This is a wonderful side dish. I had to make copies for everyone at the B-B-Q!! I will make this again and again."

    PTuttle User ID: 3628184 26670
    Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

    "I haven't made this salad yet so I won't rate it. This is a comment prompted by the reviewer who said he/she used Sriracha sauce and cut back on it. I agree I wouldn't use 3 tablespoons of any kind of hot sauce in this recipe. I think the person who submitted this recipe meant the kind of chilli sauce that tastes like ketchup and that you can find next to the ketchup on the condiment aisle. That would make the dressing taste like that bottled, orange "French dressing," or the dressing you would make for a seafood salad like shrimp Louis. Anyway, that's how I going to make it when I have an occasion to do so."

    decar48 User ID: 5127622 203541
    Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

    "I will make again, but maybe put some adobe sauce in the dressing to give it a little more spice. it was a bit bland for me, but it has good flavor."

    mywrapstoo User ID: 5633708 32079
    Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

    "I am very disappointed in this recipie....I thought it was going to taste like a BLT and it didn't.....It was tasty but not what I expected and it was a lot of work to make."

    rwarobick User ID: 890857 32064
    Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

    "I loved it. Better the 2nd day. Increased dressing a bit also to coat the lettuce. I added all to begin with & the lettuce just before serving & mixed in. I used the crumbled bacon for salads you buy in the store, wouldn't do that again, go freshly prepared. Roma tomatoes to avoid seeding. I added maltodextrin fiber (which doesn't thicken or taste grainy) to lower the carb count. Loved it! Great easy meal. Would be good with added hard boiled egg for higher protein too."

    Gordon1328 User ID: 5838977 84852
    Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

    "Terrific - a knock-out at the BBQ the other day - thankfully I made the complete box of macaroni and increased the other ingredients --- had to make copies of the recipe..."

    Klootz User ID: 7152546 84850
    Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

    "I wouldn't say that this really tasted like a BLT, but it was [expletive] good anyway! I would increase the dressing, as I dressed the salad when the pasta was warm and it absorbed a lot of it. YUMMY!"

    skm2day User ID: 5832620 73370
    Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

    "I was pleasantly surprised how much my family enjoyed this. It has a slight sweetness that is unexpected, but not over powering. Delicious."

    jackofalltrades User ID: 6344852 22595
    Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

    "I've gotta admit I used extra bacon. I had some crumbled blue cheese and threw it in too. This is a GREAT salad. It was our whole meal! I will make this again and again"

    klinger1 User ID: 6835011 32054
    Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

    "I loved this recipe! It was definitely a hit. I did not have chili sauce but I had the chinese version, Sriracha. I used 2TBSP instead of the 3 called for and increased the Mayo to counteract the hotter heat. I also had a log of Goat cheese in my Fridge that needed to be used so I added that too, which provided an extra creamy touch to the dish. It really was a terrific recipe both fresh and leftover. I warm it slightly in the microwave so that the lettuce isnt so wilted and it is phenomenal."

    quaintcook User ID: 6329556 40519
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2013

    "I made this today and followed the recipe except for the suggestion by someone of serving it on shredded lettuce instead of mixing the lettuce in. I did add grd. pepper because we like pepper. The sauce is so tasty and my husband really loved it. Fresh summery BLT flavor! A real keeper."

    koko4me123 User ID: 7039098 52166
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2013

    "At first I put too much chili sauce and it

    was too spicy. I started over and used 1
    tbsp of chili sauce instead of 3 tbsp and it
    tasted much better to me. Very good."

    Nan Mock User ID: 611392 27582
    Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

    "Wow, this was very popular at our cookout! I doublled the amount of bacon and added 1/2 cup of sour cream and extra chili sauce to the batch I made... to make it extra saucy and punch up the flavor. It was nice to try out a new pasta salad!"

    yummyme User ID: 7325364 84847
    Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

    "This is sooo delicious! I added a more tomatoes, onions, and mayo to taste and it turned out great!"

    clanne04 User ID: 4104311 92179
    Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

    "Made this for a BBQ today, got rave reviews."

    engelshanon User ID: 1198065 92178
    Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

    "Everyone loved it! Made if for the 4th of July."

    crumej User ID: 3845302 84845
    Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

    "This salad was very good. I substituted chopped baby arugula for the shredded lettuce, which added a nice peppery flavor. N"

    bdieges User ID: 3064751 27581
    Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

    "I serve it on shredded lettuce, instead of mixing it together. Otherwise if you have leftovers, the lettuce is all wilted, not very appetizing."

    bdieges User ID: 3064751 73369
    Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

    "Actually the picture on the other BLT Macaroni salad looks more like this one, since this one calls for lettuce and the other one doesn't. Makes a great salad, just make more dressing, as the macaroni soaks it up while standing."

    afschaak User ID: 4514466 77557
    Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

    "I LOVE BLT sandwiches and pasta, so this is a great combination for a summer salad! Let it sit overnight so all the ingredients can mingle. You wont be disappointed!"

    Pam Posada User ID: 2909700 75057
    Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

    "This salad is terrific!! I have made it several times and it just keeps getting better."

    Idontcarewhatmyscreennameis User ID: 6376742 30040
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

    "This is excellent! Except I did not put in the chili sauce - 1, I don't put it on my BLTs and 2, I didn't have any. Next time I will put a full cup of tomato in, and also add a little more mayo. Nice cool salad on a hot, humid day."

    savoie.luvgspointers User ID: 6225701 30039
    Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

    "When I found this recipe I doubled it because I knew what a hit it will become. I made extra sauce and used a whole pound of bacon. I also cooked the pasta aldente. The pasta absorbs some of the sauce that way and taste better."

    jackienewell User ID: 4890916 76954
    Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

    "Good salad, but needed more dressing. Next time I'll try 1 1/2 times the recipe."

    littleann1 User ID: 1709381 26642
    Reviewed May. 24, 2010

    "I liked this however, my mentioned that the sauce tasted like Thousand Island Dressing. Not the reaction I wanted. It tastes best with freshly cooked bacon crumbled on ea. serving & the shredded lettuce underneath. IMO."

    SBTully User ID: 956078 73366
    Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

    "We love this salad! I have made it many times, and decided to rate it because I got online to share it with a friend. As we often make it up (except for the lettuce and bacon) early in the day, it seemed to get a bit dry, so we make an extra half a dressing recipe to add in when we add the lettuce. It's just great on a hot summer day!"

    ennajean User ID: 2011993 32030
    Reviewed Aug. 5, 2009

    "Excellent salad just made it and had to give it a taste. Give it a 10. Didn't have any chili sauce so just added a bit of chili powder...Also added a bit more bacon, never can have to much bacon."

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